Hair Answers: Cleaning up your own ends

Posted in Answers on October 15th, 2010 by Reagan

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Q by Stephanie: Currently I cannot afford to get my hair trimmed by my stylist. (My hair is suffering!)  This means that I’m finding heaps of split ends. (seriously suffering!)  is it bad to trim them off, one by one?

A by Reagan: Stephanie, Stephanie, Stephanie….Of course it’s bad. Question answered.

I have a hunch you’re going to do it anyway. Let’s talk about this a little bit.

You’re supposed to get your hair cut every 8-10 weeks, but I know getting your hair cut is expensive. Personally, I think it should be treated like a hospital procedure (importance-wise, not scary-wise). It’s like this, you’re supposed to get your teeth cleaned and examined every year, and that’s pretty important, right? Let’s say getting your hair cut is that important, except let’s switch every year for every 8-10 weeks (12 weeks if you are one of those gifted healthy hairies). Some of my over-achiever clients come like every 3 or 4 weeks, and they get gold stars after the cut. Gold stars=blow outs.

Anyway, my point is, to keep your hair healthy, you need to trim it regularly. And I guess if you refuse to do that (shame on you), it’s probably not the worst thing to snip away at your own split ends. Otherwise they are going to start breaking off higher and higher, until you’re like “what the what? my hair totally stopped growing!”. Which isn’t true, but it does appear to stop growing due to the consistant breaking off of damaged ends.

Dang, you guys are going to make me very hated with your stylists.

So, while I’m not exactly giving you my blessing on this one, I have been too poor for a haircut in my lifetime. Now I can be too poor for everything and still have my haircut, hooray. If you really can’t get in for a trim, go ahead and do some little snippies on your dry hair to tide you over. But when you sit in your stylists chair, and he/she screems out “My haircut, my beautiful haircut. What has this world come to?” you might want to find a new stylist, because yours is super dramatic.

But for reals. The worst thing that can happen if you cut your own hair, is that your haircut will lose it’s original shape or become uneven.

Don’t forget to blame someone else if your stylist gets mad. This is our secret, Stephanie.

(unless you’re my client. in that case HANDS OFF!)

7 Responses to “Hair Answers: Cleaning up your own ends”

  1. Stephanie Says:

    Reagan- Thank you for answering my question! I mean, Iwasaskingforafriend. Heehee.
    Shame on me. I’ll go find all of my change and see what I come up with. Then I’ll call my stylist.
    Seriously though, I’ve learned so much from your blog. Thanks for sharing your knowledge and answering our questions! I may be sending you more.


  2. Kelly Says:

    I know this isn’t the best thing to do, but when I’ve been strapped for cash in the past I’ve gone to places like Great Clips and just asked for them to trim up my currently style. Does it look great? Absolutely not. But it’s $15 and it looks better than a head full of split ends.

  3. Amanda Says:

    I just found your blog and LOVE it! I have been cutting my own hair for a long time now, but always just the ends nothing fancy- would totally mess that up. LOL
    Maybe I don’t do it often enough though because it does seem my hair has stopped growing. Is it really due to the fact it’s just breaking?

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